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11+ HR In 1st 50 Career Games Since 1919

Posted by Steve Lombardi on May 22, 2011

Since 1919, how many players hit 11 or more homeruns in their first 50 big leauge games?

Here's the list -

Rk Gcar Player Year #Matching   PA AB H 2B 3B HR 6 RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1   Wally Berger 1930 16 Ind. Games 64 58 32 1 2 18 35 5 8 .552 .587 1.569 2.156 1 0   0  
2   Wally Joyner 1986 15 Ind. Games 71 66 28 0 0 17 27 4 8 .424 .457 1.197 1.654 1 0 1 0 1
3   Albert Pujols 2001 14 Ind. Games 62 51 24 1 0 16 29 9 8 .471 .548 1.431 1.980 0 1 2 1 5
4   Zeke Bonura 1934 13 Ind. Games 64 54 28 2 0 16 35 10 4 .519 .594 1.444 2.038 0 0   0  
5   Kevin Maas 1990 13 Ind. Games 60 48 21 0 0 15 23 12 14 .438 .550 1.375 1.925 0 0 2 0 0
6   Ryan Braun 2007 13 Ind. Games 60 55 31 6 0 15 31 5 8 .564 .600 1.491 2.091 0 0 0 0 1
7   Alvin Davis 1984 14 Ind. Games 64 56 22 1 0 14 30 8 8 .393 .469 1.161 1.629 0 0 1 0 1
8   Dick Stuart 1958 13 Ind. Games 61 53 23 1 0 14 27 5 10 .434 .508 1.245 1.753 0 0 1 3 2
9   Sam Horn 1987 12 Ind. Games 54 52 27 4 0 14 26 2 15 .519 .537 1.404 1.941 0 0 0 0 2
10   Walt Dropo 1950 12 Ind. Games 55 50 23 1 0 14 37 5 9 .460 .509 1.320 1.829 0 0 0 0 0
11   Frank Robinson 1956 13 Ind. Games 58 54 26 3 1 13 22 2 9 .481 .509 1.296 1.805 1 0 0 1 1
12   Adam Dunn 2001 13 Ind. Games 61 47 23 4 1 13 22 14 13 .489 .607 1.447 2.053 0 0 0 0 1
13   Ron Swoboda 1965 12 Ind. Games 43 41 18 2 0 13 21 2 6 .439 .465 1.439 1.904 0 0 0 0 2
14   Cory Snyder 1986 12 Ind. Games 52 49 18 1 0 13 21 3 11 .367 .404 1.184 1.588 0 0 0 0 1
15   Willie McCovey 1959 12 Ind. Games 52 51 21 1 0 13 21 1 9 .412 .423 1.196 1.619 0 0 0 0 0
16   George Scott 1966 11 Ind. Games 47 44 17 2 0 13 21 3 1 .386 .426 1.318 1.744 0 0 1 0 2
17   Mark McGwire 1987 11 Ind. Games 48 41 16 0 0 13 22 7 10 .390 .479 1.341 1.821 0 0 1 0 0
18   Dave Hostetler 1982 11 Ind. Games 45 43 22 2 1 13 23 1 6 .512 .511 1.512 2.023 0 1 0 0 0
19   Jose Cruz 1997 11 Ind. Games 45 40 19 1 0 13 27 4 11 .475 .511 1.475 1.986 0 1 0 0 1
20   Orlando Cepeda 1958 11 Ind. Games 53 50 26 2 0 13 20 3 5 .520 .547 1.340 1.887 0 0 1 0 4
21   Russell Branyan 2000 10 Ind. Games 43 36 17 1 0 13 25 5 11 .472 .535 1.583 2.118 0 1 1 1 0
22   Rudy York 1937 12 Ind. Games 56 52 21 3 0 12 34 4 7 .404 .446 1.154 1.600 0 0   0  
23   Chris Davis 2008 12 Ind. Games 48 47 19 2 0 12 21 1 12 .404 .417 1.213 1.629 0 0 0 0 1
24   Jim Baxes 1959 12 Ind. Games 42 39 15 0 0 12 17 2 7 .385 .415 1.308 1.722 1 0 0 0 2
25   Earl Webb 1927 11 Ind. Games 48 40 21 2 0 12 20 6 5 .525 .587 1.475 2.062 2 0   0  
26   Bob Tillman 1962 11 Ind. Games 44 39 17 2 0 12 19 4 9 .436 .477 1.410 1.888 0 1 0 0 2
27   Joe Gordon 1938 11 Ind. Games 43 39 23 1 1 12 23 4 6 .590 .628 1.590 2.218 0 0   0  
28   Jeff Francoeur 2005 11 Ind. Games 45 43 18 2 1 12 28 0 11 .419 .444 1.349 1.793 0 0 0 2 2
29   Brad Eldred 2005 11 Ind. Games 49 46 15 0 0 12 17 3 12 .326 .367 1.109 1.476 0 0 0 0 2
30   Ellis Burks 1987 11 Ind. Games 53 47 17 1 0 12 24 6 4 .362 .434 1.149 1.583 0 0 0 0 0
31   Mike Napoli 2006 10 Ind. Games 44 36 19 1 0 12 18 7 6 .528 .614 1.556 2.169 0 0 0 1 0
32   Bob Speake 1955 11 Ind. Games 49 41 17 1 1 11 21 7 4 .415 .510 1.293 1.803 0 0 2 1 0
33   Willie Mays 1951 11 Ind. Games 53 48 17 1 1 11 21 4 7 .354 .404 1.104 1.508 1 0 1 0 3
34   Pete Incaviglia 1986 11 Ind. Games 47 41 15 1 1 11 20 6 7 .366 .447 1.244 1.691 0 0 0 0 0
35   Don Hurst 1928 11 Ind. Games 49 43 18 4 0 11 21 3 3 .419 .457 1.279 1.736 3 0   0  
36   Brennan Boesch 2010 11 Ind. Games 46 44 20 3 0 11 26 2 8 .455 .478 1.273 1.751 0 0 0 0 0
37   Del Bissonette 1928 11 Ind. Games 49 44 21 3 1 11 24 4 3 .477 .521 1.341 1.862 1 0   0  
38   David Wright 2004 10 Ind. Games 42 41 17 2 0 11 22 1 5 .415 .429 1.268 1.697 0 0 0 0 0
39   Jim Traber 1986 10 Ind. Games 42 39 15 2 0 11 24 2 4 .385 .429 1.282 1.711 0 0 0 1 0
40   Richie Sexson 1998 10 Ind. Games 45 44 20 3 0 11 23 1 7 .455 .467 1.273 1.739 0 0 0 0 0
41   Jon Nunnally 1995 10 Ind. Games 36 34 20 1 1 11 15 1 4 .588 .600 1.647 2.247 1 0 0 0 0
42   Kevin Mench 2002 10 Ind. Games 37 32 17 3 1 11 20 3 3 .531 .568 1.719 2.286 0 1 0 1 0
43   Mike Jacobs 2005 10 Ind. Games 40 35 19 2 0 11 20 4 3 .543 .575 1.543 2.118 0 1 0 0 0
44   Wayne Gross 1977 10 Ind. Games 40 36 23 5 0 11 22 4 3 .639 .675 1.694 2.369 0 0 1 0 0
45   Dick Gernert 1952 10 Ind. Games 45 41 16 2 0 11 25 3 11 .390 .444 1.244 1.688 0 0 0 1 0
46   Erubiel Durazo 1999 10 Ind. Games 37 32 15 1 0 11 17 5 11 .469 .541 1.531 2.072 0 0 0 0 0
47   Buzz Arlett 1931 10 Ind. Games 46 37 18 1 0 11 19 7 3 .486 .587 1.405 1.992 0 0   2  
48   Dino Restelli 1949 9 Ind. Games 42 38 16 0 0 11 20 3 3 .421 .463 1.289 1.753 1 0 0 0 1
49   Benny Agbayani 1999 9 Ind. Games 35 31 16 0 0 11 13 4 4 .516 .571 1.581 2.152 0 0 1 0 1
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Generated 5/22/2011.

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What a mix of names on this list, huh?

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22 Responses to “11+ HR In 1st 50 Career Games Since 1919”

  1. If you had to pick a year to debut in, you could do a lot worse than 1930.

  2. Though 1986-87 (the power blip years that got me re-interested in baseball) have seven candidates between them.

  3. I've heard of all of the guys with 12 or more except Baxes. I looked at the bullpen and still wonder, what's his story? Why did he only play the one year?

  4. Djibouti Says:

    As an Indians fan, this list brings back memories of two guys who were going to be "the next Thome".

    Richie Sexson had a great rookie season in 1998 (only played in 5 games in '97), a mediocre '99 and then came out of the gate slow in '00 and was moved to the outfield full time. So he ended up getting traded to Milwaukee for a trio of pitchers (including soon-to-be closer Bob Wickman). He went on to have a nice, albeit brief career with lots of power. In Milwaukee he became the power-hitting first baseman the Indians wanted him to be, so perhaps they gave up on him too soon.

    Russell Branyan showed a lot of power early in his career. He also had a habit of swinging at everything and often missing. His BA never came around and the Indians gave up on him in '02. He never went on to much of anything, and even came back to Cleveland for part of last year. His only real distinction is that he's managed to play for 9 different teams. So maybe he'll stick around for a few more years and go for the record.

  5. Last year Mike Stanton hit 14 HR in his first 54 MLB games, but only 10 in his first 50.

  6. Sam Horn and Kevin Maas. Twin sons of different mothers. They even live on with their respective Red Sox and Yankee fan bases with online message boards and blogs named after them, SonsofSamHorn.net and NoMaas.org.

  7. Richard Chester Says:

    During Maas' streak I think I remember the Yankee announcers saying that he hit his first 10 homers in fewer at bats that anyone else. I am not a PI subscriber but I was able to determine that only one player hit 10 HRs in his first 25 games. Maas' game log shows that he hit 10 homers in his first 25 games in 79 at bats. Can anyone out there verify it that Maas does hold that record?

  8. @7

    Richard, subscribe! It's worth it. Don't let some one else do the search for you.

    Then you have full access to the top three on your searches.

  9. Thomas Court Says:

    @6

    Here in Pittsfield, Mass. (all the way over on the other side of the state) Sam Horn was something of a cult hero when his New Britain Red Sox teams would visit the Pittsfield Cubs.

    My older cousin used to take us to games at Wahconah Park. He had such a loud booming voice, that he used to be able to get opposing catchers to jump out of their crouch, ready to throw to second, simply by shouting, "He's going!!!" with a runner on first.

    Well, once when Sam Horn was on deck, the New Britain player at the plate was plunked. Sam was over checking on him when my cousin shouted, "You're next Horn!!!" He turned toward us with the biggest smile on his face. Later that same game, he came up with the bases loaded and smacked a pitch off the wall in the farthest part of right/center field (about 420 feet back then). After the game I was getting Sam's autograph when my cousin chimed in, "That pitcher came kinda close to you. You should have gone out there and nailed him." Sam's response? "I did... for three runs." Classic.

  10. @9

    Thomas, thanks for the story.

    Only in small-town America could an anecdote like yours take place.
    So cool that you and your cousin were connected to the players in Pittsfield.

    Long live minor league baseball!

  11. Thomas Court Says:

    @10

    Thanks for the compliment. Pittsfield actually has a pretty good baseball history. The first collegiate baseball game ever was played here. Wahconah Park is one of the nation's oldest parks, and is the only baseball park (I believe) that is built backwards - so that the setting sun is directly in the batter's eye.

    Also, a few years ago, John Thorn discovered a document in our library with a reference to baseball in 1791 - the earliest documented reference to the game we all love.

  12. @7
    Richard, I can't remember why Kevin Maas had such a short career.

    As an AL division-rival fan of the Yankees, I remember Maas as being a sweet-swinging lefty with a devastating stroke when my team was gunning for division titles.

  13. Happened only once in the '40s, and once in the '70s.

    Two eleven year gaps, '38 to '49, and '66 to '77.

    And only 4 times in 22 years, 1960 to 1981.

  14. @12, If I had to guess, he probably had a problem hitting a break ball, or something else MLB pitchers figured out. He was already 25 by the time he reached the majors, which is not exactly a sign of pending dominance, although another organization might have moved him a little guicker. Overall,though, I agree. Beyond his quick burst on the scene, his minor league numbers and good eye at the plate seemed to indicate he could hit enough to crank out at least 20 HRs a year for a few more seasons.

    I guess that's why I compared Horn and Maas. Both burst on the scene and faded away, yet both are still remembered to this day.

  15. Richard Chester Says:

    @8

    Thanks Neil for the advice, I will consider it but I enjoy figuring out how to extract data without subscribing. I can't extract everything but certain things I can.

    I did what I should have done earlier, I googled Kevin Maas. He holds the record with his first 10 HRs in 72 at bats. He also holds the record with 15 HRs in 133 at bats, breaking Wally Berger's record

  16. Richard Chester Says:

    @15

    According to Wikipedia Maas hit 10 HRs in 72 AB but a my search of his 1990 game log and the box score of his 25th game shows that it took him 77 AB.

  17. Shane Spencer was just one HR shy of making the list.

    In 1998, he smacked 10 Hrs in 73 ABs.

    Oh well, he had a nice Strat-o-matic card :-)

  18. J.P. Arencibia is now at 10 HR through is first 44 games.

    He might be joining this list soon.

  19. For about two months in 1965, Swoboda was the next Babe Ruth.

  20. Richard Chester Says:

    @17
    Shane Spencer had 10 HRs in 73 AB for the season but his tenth HR was in his next-to-last AB in his last game of the season. So he hit 10 HRs in his first 72 AB which I suspect is the record.

  21. 1) I think I remember a bases clearing double by Shane Spencer that hit off the top of the wall - so he was VERY close to making this list.

    2) The top 2 guys that did make the list are named "Wally". And if you sort the listed players by RBI in those 50 games, #1 is Walt Dropo. These are the types of things that I find that interesting. :)

  22. Richard Chester Says:

    @20

    Correction: Shane Spencer hit 10 HRs in 66 AB. I accidentally read the PA column on his home page at first. Sorry about that.